Dear Brother in Blue,
I hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to share with you a story that has been on my mind lately. A wise woman once told me a riddle before her untimely death. She said, “Name something that becomes harder with practice.” After thinking for a while, I answered, “Exercise”. She said, “Great answer, but the real answer is … forgiveness.”
Forgiveness is difficult, especially if we don’t receive an apology. It can be hard to let go of the hurt and anger that we feel when we have been wronged. But the truth is that forgiveness is essential for our own well-being. Holding onto bitterness and resentment only harms us in the long run. It eats away at us and can lead to physical and emotional health issues.
Forgiveness also has the power to heal relationships. When we forgive someone, it allows us to let go of the past and move forward in the relationship. It creates a space for understanding and compassion. And it is in this space that healing can take place.
Forgiveness is not just about the person who wronged us, it is also about forgiving ourselves. We all make mistakes and it is important to learn from them and move forward. Holding onto past mistakes only hinders our growth and development. Forgiving ourselves allows us to let go of the past and to focus on becoming the best version of ourselves.
Finally, forgiveness is something that comes from God through Jesus Christ. Jesus teaches us in Matthew 18:22, to forgive 70 times 7, and it is through His sacrifice on the cross that we are able to receive forgiveness for our own sins. It is a gift that keeps on giving, and it is something that we should strive to practice daily.
May this riddle and the reminder of forgiveness be a source of encouragement and inspiration for you as you navigate through life. Remember that forgiveness is a choice, and it is a choice that will bring you peace and healing.